OK, I need to speak up here. Myself and a few more (hundreds of) Nikonians live up here in the Pacific Northwest. We're somewhat remote from the rest of the continental U.S. Not all of us can afford to travel to far off places to take advantage of workshop topics that are of interest to us. What does that mean? Well, I for one would like workshops that are not only equipment specific. Example is that all the workshops that are listed for this area (Seattle, Bellevue, WA) are concerned with the D800, D600 & iTTL. Sorry, not interested, I'm fine with the hardware I have. But, I would be interested in subjects like urban and street photography, The Passionate Nikon Photography Two-Day Mastery Workshop, Lightroom, etc. Other workshop locations get local feature specialty workshops such as Eastern Sierras and The Owens Valley, Monument Valley and Slot Canyons, etc, etc, etc. Seattle/Bellevue gets hardware workshops. Blech!
What does the Seattle area have to offer by way of subjects matter? Well how about the Cascade Mountains, Olympic Mountains, wine country, ski areas (I mean SKI SLOPES, not bunny hills), Puget Sound, Seattle's Public Market, the tulip festival of Skagit Valley, eagles on the Skagit River, salmon runs, Orca whales in the Sound, Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens, Mt Baker,.... Except for "the wine country" this doesn't even start listing anything east of "the mountains". People get excited when "the mountains out" meaning one can see Mt Rainier clearly without the ever present cloud cover. The area, the state, is so alive with photo opportunities one doesn't know where to start.
I think every workshop offering for an area needs to include something of a local nature or subjects to improve ones technical ability with areas they are familiar with and just need a little help in capturing them in a meaningful way. If the Nikonians workshop crew would look at an area they could focus on local features that would be of interest and then teach local, interested Nikonians how best to capture the essence of the subject areas.
Teach your hardware classes, but, give those of us not interested in hardware another option to better capture the subjects around us.
I have a Nikon D300s. I'm happy with it. Not going to upgrade. So, Nikonians workshop people, help me, and others, to use our equipment to the best advantage, to best capture the features of where we live.
#1. "RE: Workshop Subject Equality" | In response to Reply # 0jbloom Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004Sat 05-Jan-13 01:08 PM
You could go to Vancouver. It's not much further from you than the distance from my home to New York City, the closest location to me for Nikonians workshops.
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#2. "RE: Workshop Subject Equality" | In response to Reply # 1kennoll Nikonian since 07th Feb 2011Sat 05-Jan-13 05:22 PM
Thanks Jon. That's a thought. Vancouver has some really nice features to photograph. I would need to get a passport since the venue is in Canada. Probably be an overnighter in order to be to class on time and awake.
I'll give it some thought.
#3. "RE: Workshop Subject Equality" | In response to Reply # 2timpsm Registered since 17th Sep 2010Sun 06-Jan-13 02:59 AM | edited Sun 06-Jan-13 03:03 AM by timpsm
I attended Steve Simon's Passionate Photographer in Vancouver and I think that the course was more enjoyable for it being an overnight trip and a hotel stay.
It was a great weekend to focus on photography and explore a new city. Steve chose a hotel that was on the ocean with a beach-front park/jogging trail. With no cats to feed or dogs to walk I could grab a coffee in the lobby and explore with my camera before breakfast. At the end of day one, a group of us walked up the road to choose a restaurant for dinner and to talk shop. Restaurant tables these days are just not big enough for four semi-pro DSLR's with zooms, but we managed (I think we just never put our beer glasses down .
I got a lot out of these extras, as I did out of the course. I recommend the combination.
Photography hobbyist's equivalent to a spa weekend - you have to get away to get the most out of it. You and your hobby deserve the time.